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DIY garlic oil

Today I wanted to show you one of my favorite things to do with fresh garlic. As we head into the heart of summer and garlic will soon be showing up at the farmer’s market – those nice soft neck fresh bulbs – it seemed a good time.¬† Garlic oil is a lovely thing to keep around the kitchen and in the home apothecary cabinet.

The best part, it’s easy. The main thing to remember is to not saute it. Low temp. Really low.

The full recipe is at the bottom for ease of reading.

Measure the oil.

Chop. Chop. Chop.

Warm it up.

Filter it.

Wait for it.


And that’s it. Here’s all the details.

Stove Top Garlic Oil

Ingredients & Materials

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • coffee filter
  • mason jar OR brown bottle and a funnel
  • sauce pan
  • chop board and knife


  1. Make sure all your equipment is clean and sterile.
  2. Chop up the garlic.
  3. Warm up the oil, keep it well away from browning.
  4. Cover and let it sweat for a good 20 minutes — keep that temp as low as possible.
  5. Place the coffee filter in the mason jar and strain the oil through it. It will take awhile for the oil to make it’s way through. Wash your hands thoroughly or wear gloves and then squeeze out any oil you can, making sure not to burst the filter.
  6. Discard the filter, you can save the garlic chunks and mix it into dinner if you want. Just don’t put it in the compost pile – oil is no good for compost.
  7. Lid and Label your jar with the date and what’s in it. Store it in the fridge for up to 4 days OR freeze it for up to several months.

Think you want to store your garlic oil on the counter or in the fridge is “fine forever”… think again (I know I sure did). Here’s what the University of California says about garlic oil preparations. Yikes.

So that my friends is the super easy way to make garlic oil for your culinary and apothecary needs. Just make sure to let it cool before it’s in contact with your skin. aka Don’t burn yourself.

Until next time,

Kristin M Roach

Book Review

Book review: The Ayurveda Way


Each month at the Little Woods’ shop we host an herbal book club (every 3rd Thursday from noon – 1pm except holidays). We selected this book a few months back for summer knowing our lives would be full of travel and outdoor time. It’s digest format was perfect.


She starts with her own story, her path of how she came to yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedanta – mindfulness of body, mind and spirit – and the transformative effects it had on her physical, mental, and spiritual well being.

Ayurveda belongs wherever there is suffering because Ayurveda ignites a lamp in every heart, without being expensive, without depleting nature, and without making the body an arsenal of harsh chemicals. — Ananta Ripa Ajmera

There are 108 practices to introduce and inspire a more mindful and healthy lifestyle. Throughout the book, we all found value in different aspects of this longstanding tradition. The author mentions it dates back to more than 5,000 years ago and may have been a catalyst for traditional chinese medicine modalities.

ayurveda-way-slide-6Each of us were inspired by different aspects of the book and different aspects of Ayurveda. One of the book club members said she found the act of gazing at her hands in the morning a truly inspiring way to start the day.


And we all enjoyed the recipes. This month we tried something different for book club and instead of sack lunches, we all brought a recipe from or inspired by the book. It was a feast of amazing healthy foods.


Food plays a key roll in the daily practice of Ayurveda as preventative medicine. There are of course more “medicine” aspects of Ayurveda, but I have found personally, for me, the philosophies of mindfulness and eating/cooking are the most applicable to my herbalist path. In the book there is a small section about it to introduce you to it. If it’s something you would like to pursue further, you can go to Joyful Belly to take a Dosha Quiz and find recipes and food recommendations to eat based on your constitution.

We had a few reports from those who had tried it and actually did a meal plan/diet based on the recommendations. Many of the issues they had been having lessened rather quickly though their dietary changes. For myself, I can report that looking over the recommendation lists for my type (Pitta, no surprise there), several of the “avoid” things were foods I have eliminated from my diet because they tend to make me feel pretty ill.

I would recommend this book for someone interested in Ayurveda who wants to incorporate some of the daily mindfulness practices, but isn’t sure where to start. It would also make a great gift for a friend who could use a little self love.

You can buy it in our physical shop or our online store.

Want to join us for book club next month? We are reading Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston and Steven Maimes. See our facebook event for all the details and to rsvp.


Welcome to Little Woods Herbal

I love teaching people about plants that grow on the edges. They remind us that life often thrives after disruption — Rosemary Gladstar

Little Woods has grown and changed and sped up and slowed down these last 5 years. I have an amazing team working with me every day and happily, our next phase is getting back to one of the things I’ve missed the most while getting the store off to a good start — writing about herbalism and natural living.

I have a whole slew of things planned and I want to jump back in. But, I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to start slow. Each Friday I’ll be adding a new blog post about making herbal preparations, new products in the shop, the teaching garden we are planting, shop news like upcoming classes and events, and tea topics (of course!).

So, I’ll see you on Friday!

Kristin M Roach